Who would have thought that a low budget shocker called Night of the Living Dead which was released in 1968 would continue to resonate so many decades later! The zombie sub-genre of horror films have never been more popular and the fact that there are two highly rated television shows demonstrates that this can now truly be called a cultural phenomenon! Fans and filmmakers would continue to exploit and explore this sub-genre over the years and it was only a matter of time before we would see zombies walking in plain view in cities all over the world.
Against the backdrop and history of the zombie film an interesting yearly happening was created. The event would be known as the “Zombie Walk”. It would be filmmakers, Christy Savage, Darin Wood and Amy Slockbower of TFO Productions who would usher in the first Zombie Walk in the year, 2001. Their event would inspire others all over the world and now it is a traditional custom to have at least one Zombie Walk on a monthly basis somewhere on the globe.
August 29, 2015 will mark the fifteenth anniversary of the Sacramento Zombie Walk and this one promises to be the most spectacular and incredible one up to this date. The day will begin at Roosevelt Park promptly at 4:00 P.M.-Pacific Standard Time. The day’s activities fall under the aegis of the “Carnival of the Dead.” There will be plenty of zombie themed games, maze runs and demonstrations. Professional make-up artists will be available to transform you into a denizen of the living dead for a nominal fee. Vendors will also be on hand to sell various items and food trucks will be there to provide sustenance for the human presence in the carnival.
TFO Productions also has a proud history of providing live music at this event and this year will feature a performance by the group, The Moans. There can be no doubt that it will be amusing and slightly surrealistic to view the dead attempt to dance!
The zombie walk itself will begin in the waning hours as the sun falls at 7:30 P.M. and at press time a designated route has been detailed that will begin and end at the park. In the past, the Zombie Walk concluded at the Crest Theater, but this year there will be a dramatic difference. The original Night of the Living Dead will be screened at Roosevelt Park under the somber Sacramento night sky and attendees are encouraged to take blankets, lawn chairs or other comfortable cushions so they can view the film surrounded by thousands of zombies!
What horror and cheer will this year’s Zombie Walk bring to Sacramento? That will have to be an adventure for you to experience at the Roosevelt Park! Enjoy the walk!